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Review and Measurements of Sabaj D5 DAC & Amp


Active Member
Patreon Donor
Jun 28, 2018
Did you mean the USB input? Or are you using the I2S input (the value and use of which eludes me as it is such a specialized input and doesn't support HDMI even though the connectivity is the same)... ?
Yes, the hdmi input on the D5 coming from a usb/spdif.
For the second part of you question : i have 3 devices connected to the usb/spdif converter : 1 external recorder via coax, 1 dac via hdmi (computer sabaj) and one dac on the other side of the room in my audio/video setup via AES.
In order to be able to play DSD i have to use the hdmi connection input on the Sabaj. Via the remaining optical only dsd 64 is supported via the usb/spdif device.
The Sabaj shows correct sample rates when connected via usb direct to the computer playing both dop and native DSD. However due to my setup it's not practical to change cables everytime i want to listen to DSD.


Senior Member
Patreon Donor
Jun 27, 2018
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
I have no complaints about performance, however one detail keeps annoying me.
Which is why most Amir & most of the regulars here recommend choosing a DAC based on features and qualities rather than non-existent sonic differences.
This Sabaj unit measures really well and is 1/7th the price. Wonder how it sounds?
Exactly the same as any other good DAC - unless there electrical or data-source incompatibilities. LINK


Staff Member
CFO (Chief Fun Officer)
Feb 13, 2016
Seattle Area
I own the D5 for about 4 months now.
I have no complaints about performance, however one detail keeps annoying me.
No mather what you feed the dac via hdmi input the display will show it's receiving dsd signals when using 44.1khz or multiples of it, feeding it with 48khz or multiples it just shows "connected".
- feeding pcm 44.1 shows 2.8224 Mhz
- feeding pcm 48 shows "connected" no sample rate
- feeding pcm 88.2 shows 5.611 Mhz
- feeding pcm 96 shows "connected" no sample rate
- feeding pcm 176.4 shows 11.2896 Mhz
- feeding pcm 196 shows "connected" no sample rate
- feeding mp3 320 kbps shows "connected" no sample rate

Informed Sabaj on april 8 and got this answer :

"Because your output machine does not output DSD and PCM identification signals, the sampling rate of our machine Sabaj D5 will not display properly. However, this is just a sampling rate display that does not affect the normal playback and performance of the Sabaj D5."
Thinking about this, I think they are right in that the serial interface in I^2S may be at the rates the unit is displaying. It has no idea of the original PCM sample rate that was converted by the upstream device.
Apr 25, 2018
Guessing single ES9038 Pro chip for that price? Not that it matters, it's specs are dynamite, be it single or dual DAC, better than the Oppo 205 which was the original King around here.
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